Lufkin tornado-related fraud suspect scheduled for plea next week

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Wells man accused of falsifying information to secure building permits from Lufkin tornado victims is scheduled for a plea hearing next week.

Al Charanza, who is the attorney for Jason McKnight, 42, confirmed Friday that McKnight had agreed to a plea deal with the Angelina County District Attorney's Office.

"We worked out an agreement regarding charges and hope to resolve it," Charanza said.

Charanza would not comment on the length of a sentence McKnight would face, but did say it included prison time.

According to a previous report, police said McKight, in some instances, applied for permits for people he did not have a contract with, preventing the victims from obtaining agreements from other contractors.

McKnight also falsified bid amounts, saying the work was for less than he was getting paid for, thereby getting cheaper permits, police said.

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